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Wasteland (2012)

The Rise (original title)
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A young man recently released from prison recruits his three best friends to rob the local drug kingpin who is responsible for his incarceration. Can he get revenge and win back his fed-up girlfriend?

Director:

Rowan Athale

Writer:

Rowan Athale
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Credited cast:
Vanessa Kirby ... Nicola
Matthew Lewis ... Dodd
Iwan Rheon ... Dempsey
Luke Treadaway ... Harvey
Timothy Spall ... D I West
Neil Maskell ... Steven Roper
Gerard Kearns ... Charlie
Lewis Rainer ... PC Nixon
Brad Moore ... Sgt Kendon
Paul Clayton Paul Clayton ... Albert
Grant Crookes Grant Crookes ... Prison Officer
Gary Cargill ... Scouse
Neil Athale Neil Athale ... Prisoner
Peter England Peter England ... Coach Passenger
Mark Tristan Eccles Mark Tristan Eccles ... Union Jack Hat Guy
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Storyline

Battered, bruised and under arrest, Harvey Miller (Luke Treadaway) sits in a police interview room facing interrogation. Clutching a stack of eyewitness statements, Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall) has no doubt in Harvey's part in a foiled robbery, and his subsequent attempted murder of local businessman Steven Roper. Denying everything, Harvey agrees to tell his version of events in full. We take in his release from prison a month earlier, and the malevolent, unjust act that put him in there. We see his emotional reunion with his sibling-like best friends, and the immovable loyalty they have for one another. We see the rekindling of a lost love, a second chance for two people meant for each other. We see the ingenious planning of the ill-fated robbery, the amazing twist, the shocking outcome and the real driving force behind it - retribution. What unfolds is an exhilarating, moving and hilarious story of loyalty, jealousy, friendship, revenge and the pursuit of happiness. Written by MoliFilms

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He gave a year of his life. Now he's stealing it back.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rheon plays alongside 10 of Mathew Lewis' Co-stars from Harry Potter in Game of Thrones See more »

Quotes

Steven Roper: Prison might be a nightmare... BUT ME! I'm FUCKING HORRENDOUS
Steven Roper: If I was fitted up for a year... I'd make those responsible piss blood for life
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Let Us Stay Young
Performed by 'Lucas Nord vs. Urban Cone'
Courtesy of Hybris Publishing / Warner
Chappell Music Scandinavia
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Director sets a high bar the first time out
10 September 2012 | by whamvaldezSee all my reviews

Just caught Wasteland this past weekend at TIFF and was pleasantly surprised by a solid production from a first time writer/director. As a heist film aficionado I approached the film warily but my friends and I were pleased to find our fears were unwarranted. At first I was a bit non-plussed by the slower pace of the plot. But then I realized that director Rowan Athale was taking the time to tuck wayward threads back into his tapestry before they got unruly and it really paid off.

The casting was well done, Luke Treadaway and Vanessa Kirby had excellent chemistry together. Charlie and Dodds' camaraderie was excellent. It was very clear what the motivations were for the crew as well as the antagonists.

In the QnA after the show, Rowan explained that Wasteland was chosen as the title because of the hopeless locale the characters were situated in. No one can expect to have anything, to make anything of themselves. Even the character who was learning a welding trade was mocked for clinging to false hopes. Perhaps it also explains D.I. West's wry smile as he makes a decision hidden from the audience.

At any rate I am sure that Rowan Athale will use this title to leverage himself out the wasteland of indy film making. This production will turn some heads and this director/writer is one to watch.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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